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Hall of Fame week: Jim Jordan, Matt Demaray & Donny Pritzlaff

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It is Hall of Fame week at the University of Wisconsin. Join UWBadgers.com as we look back at all of the deserving wrestlers in the UW Athletics Hall of Fame.

Jim Jordan's accomplishments on the mat for the Badgers rank him among the wrestling program's all-time greats.  

Jordan, UW Hall of Fame Class of 2005, was a three-time All-American and two-time national champion as a Badger, taking home back-to-back titles at 134 lbs. in 1985 and 1986. Jordan took home Big Ten titles and was named the team's captain and most valuable wrestler in both of those years as well.

Jordan holds the Wisconsin wrestling season (49) and career (156) records for wins.

Jordan eventually embarked on a political career following his wrestling days, and currently serves in the U.S. House of Representatives, representing Ohio's 4th Congressional District.

Jordan's UW wrestling career also helped plant the seeds for the program's biggest family tree. Jim's brother Jeff wrestled at Wisconsin from 1984-88 and was a two-time All-American, Jim's oldest son, Ben, wrestled from 2008-12 and collected All-America honors in 2012 and will serve as a volunteer assistant coach for the team in 2012-13, and his youngest son, Isaac, is an incoming freshman for the Badgers.


As both an accomplished international and collegiate wrestler, Matt Demaray, 2007 inductee of the UW Hall of Fame, ranks right near the top of the list of greatest Badger wrestlers of all-time.

Demaray wrestled at Wisconsin from 1989-1992 and racked up an impressive list of accomplishments during his time in Madison. He was a three-time All-American, two-time national champion, and two-time Big Ten champion at 150lbs. as a Badger, compiling a 150-24 career record along the way. Those 150 wins place him second all-time, and his .853 winning percentage sixth all-time, in the Wisconsin wrestling record books. Demaray is also tied for sixth all-time in single season wins with 42 in 1990-91.

He is one of only four Badgers to record an undefeated season, as he went a perfect 42-0 in the 1990-91 season.

Demaray was the 1991 Wisconsin Athlete of the Year, 1991 Big Ten Wrestler of the Year, 1991 and 1992 Wisconsin Outstanding Wrestler, and was Academic All-Big Ten, and first team academic All-American in 1992. He was also awarded the Big Ten Medal of Honor Award in 1992.

Demaray also found success wrestling at the international level. He was an alternate on the 1992 Olympic team, won the 1992 US Open Freestyle Championships, was a Senior US World team member in 1993 - the same year he competed in the world championships and world cup.


Donny Pritzlaff, UW Hall of Fame Class of 2010, certainly holds a special place in Wisconsin wrestling lore as one of only three four-time All-Americans in program history.

Pritzlaff finished in sixth and fifth place in 1998 and 1999, respectively, before rattling off back-to-back national titles in 2000 and 2001 at 165 lbs. Pritzlaff was also a three-time Big Ten champion.

As a result of his dominating four-year career in Madison, the Badgers' wrestling record book is littered with Pritzlaff's name. He ranks fourth in both career (135) and single-season (43) victories, he's tied for ninth in career falls (27), his career 135-16 mark places him third all-time for career winning percentage (.894), and his 43-1 (.977) 2000-01 season, and 36-2 (.947) 1999-00 season put him fifth and tenth, respectively, on the single-season winning percentage list.

Following his Badger career, Pritzlaff went on to compete internationally, and placed third at the 2006 World Championships for Freestyle.

Ryan Evans
UW Athletic Communications

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